Credobus electrifies its model range


12 September, 2022, Győr, Mosonmagyaróvár (Hungary)

At the end of the year, the production of Credobus' first electric bus will begin, thus reaching a milestone in the EUR 2.8 million research and development project of the Kravtex-Kühne Group.

In 2021, the consortium of Kühne Agricultural Manufacturing cPlc. and Kravtex Ltd. launched an electric bus development project with a total value of about EUR 2.8 million. The manufacturer of Credobuses won about EUR 1 million subsidy within the framework of the so-called "Market R&D" call of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office. The level of co-payment is close to EUR 1.8 million.

The project will create Hungarian products with high added value that provide real customer benefits. In addition to electrifying the product range of the market-leading domestic bus manufacturer, the project serves such goals as the realization of the "green revolution" of public transport, the achievement of Hungary's climate goals, and the strengthening of domestically owned industry.

To rationalize e-mobility by reducing the vehicle's weight

The battery powered Credobus Econell Next models with solo and articulated variants create the world's first ultra-light (19.5" wheel system) e-bus family. Thanks to the low vehicle weight, electric Credobuses will use significantly less energy per unit range - reducing the installed battery capacity and power plant emissions.

The ultra-modern drive system provides a completely new travel and driving experience. E-buses are much more dynamic in urban environments, while being almost completely silent and vibration-free. Not to mention the locally zero-emission operation and moderate brake dust generation.

The model family will be launched with world-class service offering and the memorable design of the Econell Next models, which will be introduced from 2021. These include ultra-fast charging, state of the art driver assistance systems (ADAS), virtual dashboard, electronically operated parking brake, and a rain and light sensor. The comfort and safety of passengers are provided by USB chargers, ultra-wide passenger information monitors, Full LED lighting and anti-viral air conditioning, which reduces the risk of infection with viruses.

Hungarian product

The brand-new electric Credobuses will contribute to Hungary maintaining its vehicle industry jobs even in the electrification revolution. The company group develops and manufactures self-supporting frame structures and metal components, and nearly 100 other Hungarian companies produce various built-in parts. In addition, system integration and software development tasks representing the highest added value - including, for example, drive control and telemetry - take place in Hungary too.

Credobus only uses proven, premium-quality components for the high-voltage systems of e-buses, ensuring the usual reliability of diesel-powered vehicles.

Hungarian electric buses for the entire region

Between 2020 and 2022, the proportion of electric vehicles among newly registered city buses in the European Union doubled. The current 30 % share may increase to 100 % by the end of the decade, which represents a very significant market potential. The electric Credobus Econell Next buses, with their ultra-light construction and excellent price-value ratio, can expect success not only in Hungary, but also in the east-central European region.

In Hungary, it is currently possible to apply for nearly EUR 130 million for the purchase of electric buses within the Green Bus Program coordinated by HUMDA. In the previous round of tenders, mostly foreign-made buses were procured. The new Credobus models can change this trend, reducing the country's exposure to imports in this segment.

The prototype of the solo electric bus is expected to be presented in second half of 2023 the articulated version will be ready in the first half of 2024. The Kravtex-Kühne Group is already investigating the possibility of expanding the range of e-buses in preparation with a hydrogen fuel cell bus.

The project is implemented with the support of National Research, Development and Innovation Office of Hungary.

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